Five Feet High and Rising Song Lyrics

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Songs of Our Soil cover art
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My mama always taught me that good things come from adversity if we put our faith in the Lord.
We couldn't see much good in the flood waters when they were causing us to leave home,
But when the water went down, we found it had washed a load of rich black bottom dirt across our land.
The following year we had the best cotton crop we'd ever had.

I remember hearing:

How high's the water, mama?
Two feet high and risin'
How high's the water, papa?
Two feet high and risin'

We can make it to the road in a homemade boat
That's the only thing we got left that'll float
It's already over all the wheat and oats,

Track Listing

  • 1 Drink to Me
  • 2 Five Feet High and Rising
  • 3 The Man on the Hill
  • 4 Hank and Joe and Me
  • 5 Clementine
  • 6 The Great Speckled Bird
  • 7 I Want to Go Home
  • 8 The Caretaker
  • 9 Old Apache Squaw
  • 10 Don’t Step on Mother’s Roses
  • 11 My Grandfather’s Clock
  • 12 It Could Be You (Instead of Him)


  • credits


    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Johnny R. Cash
    album: Track 2 in album Songs of Our Soil
    release date: 1959-9
    popularity : 68 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country/Country Rock
    length: 1:48
    composer: Johnny Cash
    lyricist: Johnny Cash

    Album Information

    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    script: Latin